Adorable Robot Dog Steals Our Hearts with His Wagging Antenna Tail

Adorable Robot Dog Steals Our Hearts with His Wagging Antenna Tail

Despite his retro appearance, Sparky’s motions are quite fluid, and he delighted fair-goers young and old by zipping up to them on his wheeled legs and wagging his antenna tail back and forth rapidly. MetroCard Man was never far behind (you can see his card-clad

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DIWire Bender: Pensa Launches First Desktop CNC Wire Bending Machine at Engadget Expand

DIWire Bender: Pensa Launches First Desktop CNC Wire Bending Machine at Engadget Expand

“We are excited about creating an entirely new form of desktop manufacturing,” said Marco Perry, partner at Pensa. “We believe this open all kinds of new possibilities, especially if you combine the DIWire technology with other desktop manufacturing machines.”

So

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PHOTOS: 7 Great Green Gadgets Seen at Engadget Expand NY

PHOTOS: 7 Great Green Gadgets Seen at Engadget Expand NY

Prosthesis

At first glance eatART’s (Energy Awareness Through Art) Prosthesis might not look like it has a single green idea behind it – but it’s actually a zero-emissions robot completely powered by hydraulics and electricity. As its name implies,

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Sustainable Textile Summit: Textile Lifecycle Management

Sustainable Textile Summit: Textile Lifecycle Management

Manufacture New York is holding their first annual Sustainable Textile Summit focused on Textile Lifecycle Management best practices, strategies and solutions, on November 9th, 2013.

Textiles literally hold together the fashion supply chain, and from seed

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Inflato Classroom in a Dumpster Could Be Coming to NYC with NYCDUB Kickstarter Funding

Inflato Classroom in a Dumpster Could Be Coming to NYC with NYCDUB Kickstarter Funding

If funded, the dumpster learning center will inform and educate New Yorkers about their neighborhoods. For starters, the inflatable roof could be used as a projector screen to show constantly updating streams of demographics and information about the neighborhood

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These Chickens Eat More Food from Four-Star NYC Restaurants Than You Do

These Chickens Eat More Food from Four-Star NYC Restaurants Than You Do

Photo via Shutterstock

If you’ve been saving your pennies for a chance to dine at Per Se, Daniel or Gramercy Tavern, it might be disheartening to learn that a group of NYC chickens has been eating fare from those fine restaurants, and others, daily! The

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Mobile Pop-Up Shop Kit Transforms Vacant Storefronts into Instant Community Hubs

Mobile Pop-Up Shop Kit Transforms Vacant Storefronts into Instant Community Hubs

An eclectic team of architects, designers, urban planners and filmmakers are giving new life to vacant storefronts on the Lower East Side with their ready-made kit of furnishings stored in a six-foot cube. The easy-to-transport box – called the Made in the

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Bright ‘n Green Net-Zero Energy Community to Open for House Tours This Weekend

Bright ‘n Green Net-Zero Energy Community to Open for House Tours This Weekend

Construction on Bright ‘n Green, the aptly-named net-zero energy building in Brooklyn’s Brighton Beach area, is nearly complete. The building is on its way to becoming one of the city’s highest-ranking green buildings, meeting LEED Platinum standards

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Life-Size Version of Mouse Trap Board Game is a 50,000-lb. Rube Goldberg Machine! (PHOTOS)

Life-Size Version of Mouse Trap Board Game is a 50,000-lb. Rube Goldberg Machine! (PHOTOS)

A regular-sized version of Mouse Trap is also part of the traveling exhibit.

Mark Perez built much of his Life-Size Mousetrap by hand with the aim of using it to teach kids about Newtonian physics in a fun way that they could actually experience with their

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Maker Faire 2013 Brings Awesome Robots, Giant Board Games and More to Queens, NY (PHOTOS)

Maker Faire 2013 Brings Awesome Robots, Giant Board Games and More to Queens, NY (PHOTOS)

OpenFuge
Karlin Yeh (who is still a high school senior!) developed his own low cost, open source centrifuge called the OpenFuge. Using primarily off-the-shelf-parts, Yeh developed a more affordable centrifuge that can enable more people around the world to

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8 Must-See 3D Printing Revelations Spotted at Maker Faire New York 2013 (PHOTOS)

8 Must-See 3D Printing Revelations Spotted at Maker Faire New York 2013 (PHOTOS)

Ultimaker displayed its new Ultimaker 2 to the public for the first time this weekend. Although it looks very similar to Ultimaker’s first 3D printer, there are a couple of notable updates including a new aluminum body, a quieter drive motor, and a heated

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MakerBot Unveils Digitizer 3D Scanner at Its Brooklyn Headquarters (PHOTOS)

MakerBot Unveils Digitizer 3D Scanner at Its Brooklyn Headquarters (PHOTOS)

Pettis said that the idea for the Digitizer came about when he wanted a 3D scanner but found no affordable or usable tools on the market, so they decided to make one themselves. The most important attributes they were looking for were for the 3D scanner to

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Build a Beautiful Recycled Chandelier This Saturday at Build It Green!NYC’s End of Summer Workshop

Build a Beautiful Recycled Chandelier This Saturday at Build It Green!NYC’s End of Summer Workshop

Are you looking for a fun and creative activity to fall into this weekend? Join Inhabitat at Build It Green!NYC in Gowanus, Brooklyn this Saturday and spend an afternoon creating an incredible chandelier from reclaimed materials. Cassidy Brush, the designer

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6 Hot Ways to Stay Cool in NYC

6 Hot Ways to Stay Cool in NYC

PLAN AN INDOOR PICNIC
Skip lunch at your desk and head to one of the city’s many public atriums for an afternoon chow down with friends or co-workers. New York is home to dozens of brilliantly designed (and air-conditioned) indoor spaces like the David

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Loomstate’s NYC Eco Kidz Event

Loomstate’s NYC Eco Kidz Event

Join Loomstate’s Director of Sustainability for a fun and free environmental science class. Kids can try their hands at soda-making, make clouds in a bottle and build DIY construction paper heaters to learn more about the climate and the environment around

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Bushwick’s Aelfie Studio Transforms Old T-Shirts into Super-Soft Throw Rugs

Bushwick’s Aelfie Studio Transforms Old T-Shirts into Super-Soft Throw Rugs

Brooklyn’s Aelfie Design Studio has made a business out of transforming old t-shirts into super-soft, one-of-a-kind rugs. Designed by Joedega, the colorful, hand-woven rugs and mats are recycled from dozens of shredded shirts. The unique mats can be

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Analog Modern Draws Upon Traditional Craft to Create Their Contemporary Furniture Collection

Analog Modern Draws Upon Traditional Craft to Create Their Contemporary Furniture Collection

Passing Analog Modern’s stall at BKLYN Designs, it was hard not to notice the many wooden butterflies that covered one of the walls and made their way into the company’s furniture. Wedged between each of three layers of air-dried walnut flitch, bleached maple

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Show Off Your Upcycled Art and Designs at reMADE NYC’s Pop-Up Gallery!

Show Off Your Upcycled Art and Designs at reMADE NYC’s Pop-Up Gallery!

Calling all green designers, artists and creators! reMade NYC, a New York–based art, design and innovation studio, is looking for local designers to showcase at their upcoming pop-up gallery show taking place the week of May 19–26. They’re looking for

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6 Fun Ways to Spruce Up Your Tiny Apartment for Spring

6 Fun Ways to Spruce Up Your Tiny Apartment for Spring

GET VERTICAL

When you live in a tiny apartment, sometimes the only way you have left to go is up! Vertical storage is a simple way to refresh your home by getting clutter off of countertops and surfaces but if you rent like many of us New Yorkers do and

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Miele Brings a Green-Walled Kitchen and Massive Herb Garden to the Architectural Digest Home Design Show

Miele Brings a Green-Walled Kitchen and Massive Herb Garden to the Architectural Digest Home Design Show

EcoWalls and Miele worked together to design the verdant booth, which was centered around a giant tabletop-style herb garden. Miele also took the opportunity to show how their appliances can be made to blend almost undetectably into the background thanks to

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VIDEO INTERVIEW: Model Summer Rayne Oakes Turns Her Brooklyn Apartment into a Greenhouse Filled with 200+ Plants

VIDEO INTERVIEW: Model Summer Rayne Oakes Turns Her Brooklyn Apartment into a Greenhouse Filled with 200+ Plants

We were so intrigued by (and jealous of) Summer’s rainforest-esque digs that we had to catch up with her and see if she had any tips for aspiring urban gardeners like us. Here’s what she said:
INHABITAT: What inspired you to start a vertical garden in your

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Brooklyn Cruiser Releases Special Edition MoMA Red Bicycles

Brooklyn Cruiser Releases Special Edition MoMA Red Bicycles

“Nothing compares to the simple pleasures of a bike ride”, JFK is noted as having said, and urban cyclists do agree. Based on the classic design of the Dutch bike, while featuring the stable smooth ride by hybrid bikes, the vintage inspired bicycle company

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City Proposes Pedestrian Plaza for South Williamsburg

City Proposes Pedestrian Plaza for South Williamsburg

As Williamsburg expands into the once strictly Hasidic south side, the city has reacted by planning a pedestrian plaza on the stretch of Broadway near the Williamsburg Bridge. Just east of Bedford Avenue, the plaza would create a triangular park with chairs,

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Architects for Animals Shows Off 8 Cat-Tastic Abodes to Raise Money for NYC’s Homeless Kitties

Architects for Animals Shows Off 8 Cat-Tastic Abodes to Raise Money for NYC’s Homeless Kitties

A range of designs were on display showing many diverse cat shelter approaches. Some, such as last year’s winner, Kathryn Walton of The American Street Cat, Inc. and Stonehill & Taylor, focused on sustainable materials. Walton used 300 empty aluminum cat

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New York’s Next Top Makers Competition Could Get Your Idea or Product Funded and Prototyped

New York’s Next Top Makers Competition Could Get Your Idea or Product Funded and Prototyped

We wrote about the New York City Economic Development Corporation’s “New York’s Next Top Makers” competition back in October, and we’re excited to say that the contest is now open to submissions. The call challenges NYC designers and inventors to enter their product designs for a chance to win cash prizes and an opportunity to prototype their products. If you have a great idea but aren’t sure where to begin or how to raise money to produce it, this could be the opportunity you’ve been waiting for.

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